Milk Black Carbon works against the narratives of dispossession and survival that mark the contemporary experience of many indigenous people, and Inuit in particular. In this collection, autobiographical details – motherhood, marriage, extended family and its geographical context in the rapidly changing arctic – negotiate arbitrary landscapes of our perplexing frontiers through fragmentation and interpretation of conventional lyric expectations.
About the Author
Joan Naviyuk Kane is the author of The Cormorant Hunter’s Wife, Hyperboreal, and The Straits. Her awards include the Whiting Writer’s Award, the Donald Hall Prize in Poetry, the American Book Award, the Alaska Literary Award, and fellowships from the Rasmuson Foundation, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, and the School for Advanced Research. Kane is a faculty mentor in the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is Inupiaq, with family from King Island and Mary’s Igloo, and lives in Anchorage, Alaska.
Table of ContentsContents Iridin Salvage Phase At Bay All Night Long I Am Narrowing Headline News An Other Lethe Incognitum (in the Indian Hall) Exhibits from the Dark Museum Inuŋuaq The Dolls Vanishing Point Give or Take a Century Late Successional Epithalamia Taktugziun Compass The Incident Light In Its Mouth Little Air A Few Lines for Jordin Tootoo Update on J Glare in Blue When the World Was Milk Song Assiraġia I Am Copying Him Point Transience Human Heart Toponymic Savak Aŋmaiga / I Opened the Door Earnings Statement Georgic Peripheral Vision Stemmata The Straits Held The Mother of All Ugiuvak More Dissipate Bone Mineral The Unnamed Child A Wall Collapsed Up the Mountain Aspirational Phase Arboretum Americanum Metabole Hearth He Burnt To Live Beyond Acknowledgments